Thanks for the feedback.
We are considering a number of ways to better integrate experiences across Teams, Outlook, and other apps. However, we don’t have any specifics to share on this request.
I see I've duplicated this idea with one I posted a little while back - https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/31532350-surface-groups-email-conversations-as-teams-cha
@suphatra.... can these two ideas be merged?
At present, it's entirely feasible for people to be conducting email-based conversations in the Group's mailbox (visible in Outlook or the "Groups" interface) and other people to be conducting chat-based conversations in the Teams interface - all completely invisible to each other. This is a particular problem for us at the moment as we try to wrestle our users out of an email-based mindset and open them up to chat-based collaboration: some members are slower to adapt so continue to follow familiar patterns by emailing the Group, while others jump into Teams and do everything via chat. Unsurprisingly, it's already caused noticeable communications breakdowns.
In a perfect world all Conversations - no matter where they started (email or chat or, for that matter, Yammer) would be peers and capable of being conducted seamlessly, regardless of interface.
However I concede that might not be even conceptually sound, and sounds like a massive amount of work, so I'll settle for these minor matters:
- Give Team owner the option to surface the underlying Group's email conversations list (the Group inbox) in a channel of the Team
- we can already send email to a Teams channel to start a conversation topic, but that's a one-way thing at present. Two nice enhancements:
-- Teams chat replies to topics that started as email can be requested to be transmitted by email.
-- If replies come in to the channel that are replies to an existing thread, then link them as chat replies (other UserVoice posts have asked for this already)
We have been iterating on different designs and are starting to test internally. I don’t have a timeframe but will keep you posted.
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Thanks to everyone who volunteered for testing the Office 365 group calendar. The TAP team will be reaching out as we are closer to being ready.
Thank you so much for your support of the product. This request was particularly helpful and we appreciate your engagement in the surveys, comments and forum to help us design this feature. Please continue to submit ideas!
For this item, we’re making great progress. It has now entered TAP validation with a small group of tenants. Will let you know how that goes!
Yep, I'm with Matt C - same deal: we need stats on Teams usage - by overall Site and Channels . . preferably with some visualization. Especially since engagement is the main measure of success.
We acknowledge the customer demand for Private Channels and have been hard at work on it. Private Channels is currently in preview with a select group of customers. We expect to release the feature to the public later this Fall, and will update here when we are starting to roll out to all customers. We appreciate all the feedback you have provided to us on this forum and thank you for your patience.
I second Matt Wright's comment from 8th July - he's phrased it perfectly so I will quote him: "We definitely would like to have private channels as well. We're a large organization and private channels would help us reduce the proliferation of teams, which will make the overall deployment simpler and easier to use (allowing teams to more closely correspond to our organizational structure)."
This is HUGE for us. It's a massive gap at the moment.
The feature team is still reviewing, there is lots of discussion about this item and I hope to have a decision soon.
I'm still interested and I get requests from my users for this, or something like it, on a daily basis. I am often asked "why do I have to jump around from Teams to Outlook to keep track of conversations". IMHO it's a huge gap that 'chat-oriented' conversations (currently surfaced only in Teams) are not integrated with "email-oriented" conversations (currently surfaced only in Outlook). It leaves open a major possibility of a topic of conversation having traffic in two different places without the threads ever being visible to the participants.
(And that's before we even consider Yammer conversations)
I would love to see the Teams client grow into a one-stop shop for everything - basically become "the Office 365 client" where you can access all the tools you work with. At present the client does a decent job of pulling together your chats -
realtime (from SFB) or persistent (from Teams); documents from your O365 Groups; your calendar. But I think it might be interesting and productive for it to surface all of your "conversations" in one place:
- email from your own mailbox
- email from your Groups
- Yammer discussions
- IM chats from SFB
- Persistent IM chats from Teams
Yes, a challenge for UI/UX design - but if done right it could really pull things together
Due to prioritization of other work-items this has been moved to the backlog. We will update when it is being actively worked on again.
This is in the works! Fill out this survey if you want to influence the feature: https://microsoft.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_esTxHdABLQxKLvn
We’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
This item is still in the works. I’m waiting for additional details from the feature team and hope to be able to share something more detailed soon.
The feature team is still investigating this item and a decision has not been made yet.